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  1. Apr 2019
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    1. if Charlotte understood it at all, not very moral; and being moreover by no means pleased with his extraordinary style of compliment

      Here Charlotte sounds remarkably reminiscent of Fanny in Austen's Mansfield Park. Only seldom do Austen's heroines so pointedly critique the morality of fellow characters. Furthermore, both Fanny and Charlotte criticize the morality of character's choices in literature.

    2. Charlotte began to feel that she must check herself

      This form of self awareness in Charlotte is not common in Jane Austen characters ,such as Catherine or Fanny. Self-awareness is a characteristic that these characters have to develop. This poses a question to what qualities Charlotte has to develop throughout the novel. Development of character is a commonly discussed theme in Austen novels. Potentially, Charlotte's self-awareness of her qualities that make her a heroine could be her character development.

    3. have butcher's meat raised

      Sanditon is one of the only Jane Austen novels that go into details into the making of money, and more importantly the daily finances of families of the regency era. It is interesting that a female character expresses such an understanding to the working of the economy.

    4. She has good natural sense, but quite uncultivated

      The fact that Mr. Parker feels comfortable enough to pass such strong judgment on the intellect of a woman who outranks him in both title and wealth is quite a contrast to Mr. Collins' constant flattery of and deference to Lady Catherine in Pride and Prejudice. See the beginning of Chapter 14 of Pride and Prejudice for Mr. Collins' opinion of Lady Catherine.

    5. Every neighbourhood should have a great lady. The great lady of Sanditon was Lady Denham

      Lady Denham's status as the great lady of Sanditon is reminiscent of Lady Catherine de Bourgh's status as the great lady of Rosings in Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Both women are widows who yield a significant amount of power over the neighborhood in which they live.

    6. the sea air would probably be the death of me

      Diana's concern about the sea air and perils of a visit to Sanditon sounds similar to Mr. Woodhouse's complaints about weather and travels impacting his health in Emma.

    7. Charlotte was to go, with excellent health, to bathe and be better if she could

      This draws parallels to Fanny Price from Mansfield Park, who was also sent to a new location in order to undergo character development and most importantly find someone on the marriage market.

    8. young lady, sickly and rich

      The characterization of Miss. Lambe as a young and sickly heiress mirrors Austen's characterization of Anne de Bourgh in Pride and Prejudice, who was also an heiress suffering from an illness.

    9. attend their master

      In Austen's novels, servants are frequently alluded to but never distinctly characterized. More often than not, they blend into the background of the story. Why, with the prominent theme of class divisions, would Austen choose not to create active characters out of servants? It is possible that she views them as devices that reveal the true nature of members of the aristocracy/gentry. Nonetheless, we get glimpses into the lives of the working class, such as here, where we learn that "masters" like Mr. Heywood have many "haymakers," enough that he can summon three to four with there still being men, women, and children working in the fields. Read more about it here: http://www.jasna.org/persuasions/on-line/vol35no1/walshe.html

    10. they were glad to promote their getting out into the world as much as possible

      The Heywoods contrast Mr Woodhouse in Emma who was extremely cautious over his daugher and other young people being in the world.

    11. they were very accomplished and very ignorant

      Austen uses an apparent paradox to comment on the failure of accomplishments as the suitable form of education for young women, through the ironic characters that have equally all the considered accomplishments of the world and all the lack of proper understanding like Miss Bingley in Pride and Prejudice.

    12. two and twenty

      An appropriate age for most of Austen's heroins on the marriage market e.g. Emma is 21, Elizabeth is 20, Jane 22, Elinor 19

    13. who would enlarge her mind and open her hand

      The idea that Clara Brereton would improve Lady Denham in a certain manner diverges from the theme of improvement in Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey. In those novels, it is the young girl, either Fanny or Catherine, whose mind is improved by the older individuals around her.

    14. helpless and more pitiable

      Lady Denham appears to have a savior complex that is similar to Emma's desire to improve Harriet's status in life. Lady Denham's taking in of a "helpless" girl is also similar to the Bertram's decision to take Fanny in and improve her.

    15. romantically

      Similarly, in Sense and Sensibility, Willoughby is seen to romanticize country life, specificially the look of Elinor and Marianne's cottage.

  3. Oct 2016
    1. kangaroo dog

      With his insatiable appetite and his owner's vigilant protection and affection, Tom Collins' kangaroo dog, Pup, is a significant presence in both Rigby's Romance and Such is Life. Bred from greyhound and deerhound stock, kangaroo dogs were used primarily as a hunting dog and adapted well to Australian conditions. Kangaroo dog owned by Mr Dunn of Castlereagh Street, Sydney, 1853 / painted by Thomas Tyrwhitt Balcombe (State Library of New South Wales)

  4. Sep 2016
    1. Are the Killjoys the heroes? If you want to look at it in a nihilistic 15-year-old point of view, watching A Clockwork Orange for the first time, I guess you could see them as the heroes. Are Better Living Industries (BLI) really the bad guys? Who’s the bad guy? I feel like The Girl just wants to hang out with her cat.